The Donkey and the carrot …

The Donkey and the carrot …
 
Filipo really enjoyed helping his
  father in the flour mill. He led the
  donkey up to the millstone, tied it
  securely, fixed over its head a stick,
  at the end of which he suspended
  the proverbial carrot. 
 
    After that, he only had to give
  the donkey a couple of shoves to start
  it moving. 
 
    From morning to evening the animal
  circled slowly following the carrot,
  while Filipo daydreamed, leaning up
  against bags of flour. His father
  Ernesto carried the sheaves of corn
  to the barn and spent time checking
  the wheels of the huge mill.
 
    The young boy’s donkey was very reliable,
  and day after day it plodded fruitlessly
  after the carrot that it would never get.
 
    One evening when the exhausted donkey
  had finished its last circle and Filipo
  was helping his father arrange the bags
  of flour, he said thoughtfully:
 
    “Look at this foolish donkey, going
  around and around day in and day out in
  the heat, without food or drink, trying
  to reach a carrot that it has no hope
  of getting. 
 
    I will never be like that.”
  
    Filipo’s father dropped his last sack,
  put his hands on his hips and eyed his son,
 
    “Do you think we are so different
  from the donkey? We work equally hard
  from morning until night.  Then we return
  home, eat some food and go to bed where
  we dream that with a little luck,
  life will be a little easier tomorrow;
  that fortune will smile on us and that
  we won’t have to work anymore. 
 
    But in the morning with our aching backs
  and our tired hands, we understand just
  how far away the carrot is, and just how
  long it will be before we reach it.”
 
  ………… ……… ……… ……… …
 
    Is our society any different from the
  theme of this short story? We chase success
  relentlessly, to fulfil our desires for
  wealth and comfort. 
 
    The carrot? 
 
    The wonderful advertisements, the fabulous
  shop windows and the salesmen encouraging
  us to consume.
 
    Wouldn’t it be worth minimizing our
  ambitions and desires so that we could
  have the possibility of satisfying them
  – and actually GET the carrot?
 
  ………… ……… ……… ……… …
 
  “Inner satisfaction is a truth of which we
  could be more hopeful”.
  Spinoza

About Roger Overweg

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One Response to The Donkey and the carrot …

  1. Said says:

    It is so true. It’s always just out of reach!

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